All schools across the district will phase in hybrid instruction on the same schedule (not on a school-by-school basis.) For example, all Highline kindergarten students will start hybrid instruction the same week.
Elementary grades will return before middle and high school based on public health guidance. Data indicates that young children have a lower risk of transmitting COVID-19.
Teachers will have either a hybrid class (in-person + distance learning) or a fully remote class.
Families may opt to have their students continue in distance learning.
Elementary and IAC Return to School Buildings
- Phase 1: Students served in Integrated Learning Center (ILC) and Community Based Services (CBS)
- Phase 2: Pre-K, Kindergarten, grade 1, and students K-12 in our Intensive Academic Center (IAC)
- Phase 3: Grades 2 and 3
- Phase 4: Grades 4 and 5
Middle and High School Return to School Buildings
We are continuing to plan for in-person instruction for middle and high school students and will begin as public health authorities recommend it.
data guiding our decision to return
Our primary guidance is the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Decision Tree for schools. (This information presented below in an ADA-accessible format.) Key data points are:
- Number of of positive cases/100,000 residents/14 days
- Test positivity rate
- Trend in cases or hospitalization rates
Highline’s current status on two of these key data points is found here and updated at least weekly. Note that while we are tracking COVID rates in all neighborhoods within Highline’s boundaries, we will make decisions based on the highest rates in Highline. We will open schools when the neighborhood with the highest COVID rate is within the guidelines set by DOH. We will not open some schools and keep others closed.
- What is the schedule for in-person instruction?
- Will students from the same family have the same scheduled times in school?
- Will transportation be provided?
- When will middle and high school students return?
- When will families know who their teacher will be?
- Will students keep the teacher they have now?
- Why are hybrid students only in person for 2.25 hours a day?
- How will school meals be provided?
- How many students will be in a classroom during in-person instruction?
- Once we choose hybrid or remote, are we locked into that or can we change models later?
- Will transportation be provided between childcare sites and school?
- Will before and after school childcare be available?
- Will learning schedules change for fully remote students when hybrid starts?